Westlife’s Mark Feehily praised for Late Late interview

Also performed two songs on the RTÉ show
Mark Feehily speaking to host Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show.

Mark Feehily speaking to host Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show.

Sligo Champion

WESTLIFE’s Mark Feehily has been widely praised for his frank interview with Late Late show host Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ One on Friday night where he spoke about body shaming in the music industry.

The Sligo native spoke about horrible comments that were said to him during the early days of his music career.

He said the music industry has changed since he joined Westlife and he said he was told on a number of occasions ‘you’re fat, lose weight’.

“Before you go on TV shows [they tell you] you know there are 14 million people watching this, there are actually 15 million people watching that one."

“Look it is the music industry, and things are a bit different now, but back then people would have no problem telling you, ‘you’re fat, lose weight’, like just before you went on TV.

“Now, instead of it being somebody from the record industry it’s Instagram or it’s Twitter.”

The Sligo singer described one particular magazine article that had a ‘circle of shame’ with regard to what was wrong with people, which he said completely destroyed him.

He went on to say that while trolls exist on the internet, comments on people’s appearance are not the norm from people working in the music industry.

“The point is, a lot has changed and we no longer accept stuff like that. It is not seen as ok anymore, and that’s the important thing.”

The musician also spoke about how he was forced to publicly confirm his sexuality before he was planning on doing so.

“One day I got a phone call from somebody who works around us and they said The Sun know you are going out with someone, a man, and basically they are going to print the story.

“They want to know if you want to go and talk to them and explain your situation or not, but it is going in the paper either way.

“It was unexpected, I don’t look back in anger, but I don’t think anyone should be forced to come out in that way. “Thankfully in the media industry, they wouldn’t even think about doing something like that now. It is something that used to happen twenty years ago, but it doesn’t happen now.” Mark sung two songs on the programme, ‘You are the reason’ and ‘Run’ and fans took to social media after, praising him for his interview and performance.

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